Winter Fruit: English Drama, 1642-1660
University Press of Kentucky, 2014 M10 17 - 472 pages
Probably the most blighted period in the history of English drama was the time of the Civil Wars, Commonwealth, and Protectorate. With the theaters closed, the country at war, the throne in fatal decline, and the powers of Parliament and Cromwell growing greater, the received wisdom has been that drama in England largely withered and died.
Throughout the official hiatus in playing, he shows, dramas continued to be composed, translated, transmuted, published, bought, read, and even covertly acted. Furthermore, the tendency of drama to become interestingly topical and political grew more pronounced.
In illuminating one of the least understood periods in English literary history, Randall's study not only encompasses a large amount of dramatic and historical material but also takes into account much of the scholarship published in recent decades. Winter Fruit is a major interpretive work in literary and social history.
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... suggests, “probably was 4Conrad Russell makes the supplementary point that the actual presentation of the masques brought together people who would take different sides in 1640 and 1642 (Fall 4), and Malcolm Smuts concludes that “the ...
... suggested in part by “harsh unpleasing kroaking, and hideous Scritchings of Nights Forlorne Creatures” (B1r). Since the fault seems to lie in the stars, Phoebus sends Mercury to Thule, but Saturn, like a dour Scot, drives him back. Thus ...
... suggest a different genre, sometimes so much simpler as to remind one of the origins of masquing in costumed dance. Down in Derbyshire at the seat of Philip Stanhope, first Earl of Chesterfield, Sir Aston Cokayne's 1640 Twelfth Night ...
... suggests a kinship with the news pamphlets (or “mercuries”) of the day. Though presumably the scene is Smyrna, both title and play clearly allude to a “languishing Island” (A2v) many hundreds of miles to the west. Apparently the work ...
... suggest their range.” We should also bear in mind, however, that the dramatic mix is further complicated and enriched by the simultaneous printing of earlier plays. Among these in 1640 were several by John Fletcher, John Webster's ...
12 Fruits of Seasons Gone
15 The Cavendish Phenomenon
17 The Rising Sun
9 Mungrell Masques and Their Kin
10 The Persistence of Pastoral
11 The Craft of Translation